House Study Bill 163 Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee

On March 9, 2017, the bottle bill repeal legislation (House Study Bill 163) was introduced and referred to the Ways and Means Committee.  The legislation has been reassigned and is now House File 575 and can be found here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ba=HF 575&ga=87

Ways and Means bills are exempt from legislative funnel requirements meaning the bill will be alive for the remainder of the 2017 Legislative Session.  If it does not advance further, the bill will begin the 2018 Legislative Session in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Bottle Bill Repeal Legislation Passes Out of House Environmental Protection Committee

On March 1, 2017, House Study Bill 163 narrowly passed out of the House Environmental Protection Committee.  Through aggressive lobbying efforts, coordinated by the coalition supporting Iowa’s existing bottle bill, significant pressure was applied to kill the bill.  After numerous House Republican caucuses and frustration expressed by multiple House Republicans (four made public comments during the hearing that they were only voting “aye” to allow for “continued conversations”), House Study Bill passed nearly following party lines.  Eleven Republicans voted “aye” and nine Democrats and one Republican voted “nay”.

By passing out of the House Environmental Protection Committee in advance of the first legislative funnel (Friday, March 3rd), the bill remains alive.  It is expected to be referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Bottle Bill Repeal Legislation Passes out of Subcommittee

On February 27th, supporters of Iowa's bottle bill packed room 102 at the Capitol for the subcommittee meeting on House Study Bill 163.  Environmentalists, conservationists, redemption center owners, recycling professionals, beer distributors, and citizens at large from across the state gathered to voice their opposition to House Study Bill 163. 

Ultimately the House Study Bill 163 passed out of subcommittee with the three Republicans signing the bill to advance to the full House Environmental Protection Committee: Representatives Ross Paustian (R - Scott County, District 92); Skyler Wheeler (R -Sioux County, District 4); and Walt Rogers (R - Black Hawk County, District 60); Representatives Vicki Lensing (D - Johnson County) and Charles Isenhart (D - Dubuque County) also served on the subcommittee.

To read more: 

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/27/iowa-house-advances-bill-repealing-replacing-beverage-container-recycling-program/98477636/

http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/revamp-of-iowas-bottle-bill-moving-ahead-20170227

 

Bottle Bill Repeal Legislation Introduced in Iowa House

On February 23rd, legislation aimed at repealing the Bottle Bill, the cornerstone of Iowa’s recycling processes, was introduced by State Representative Ross Paustian of Scott County.  Rep. Paustian, chair of the House Environmental Protection Committee, introduced House File 163.

For nearly forty years, Iowa’s Bottle Bill has thrived and continues to be overwhelmingly popular.  Iowans are familiar with this law; they know it works and they like it.  The high level of participation by Iowa businesses and Iowa consumers is the key to the program’s success.  Iowa’s deposit law is the second-best performing program in the United States on a per capita basis with an estimated 86 percent of beverage containers being redeemed annually.  Conversely, non-deposit states produce an average 25 percent redemption rate.  This law keeps an estimated 1.65 billion containers out of Iowa’s landfills, ditches, and waters each year.  Why would we want to go backwards?

 

"A Golden Opportunity..." Iowa's Better Bottle Bill

An editorial written by Teresa Kurtz of the Iowa Recycling Association in support of the Better Bottle Bill appeared in the Monday, May 13, 2013 edition of The Daily Iowan.

Key excerpts from the editorial are as follows:

“Looking back over the last 35 years, few can argue about the successes of the Iowa Bottle Bill. Our state became recognized as a worldwide leader in recycling, hundreds of good jobs created, and more than 90 percent of plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans make it back to redemption centers. Countless civic and community organizations, schools, and churches have used this law to make a difference in the lives of those around us. As a result, we are keeping Iowa beautiful, preserving our bountiful natural resources, and guaranteeing generations of Iowans the ability to enjoy our beautiful parks and trails without the blight of unwanted litter.”

“This is not a new issue, but it is an important one. We have a golden opportunity to take something popular that works well and make it even better. By acting on legislation this year to expand Iowa’s container-deposit law, we can help create Iowa jobs, clean up our environment, and make our great state an even better place for generations to come. The time for action is now.”

To read the entire editorial on The Daily Iowan website, visit HERE.

More Attention for the Better Bottle Bill

The “Better Bottle Bill for Iowa” was the focus of a half hour public affairs television segment that aired on Sunday morning, May 12 on KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - one of the largest television stations in Eastern Iowa.  Marc Beltrame of the BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, which is lobbying on behalf of its client to modernize Iowa’s popular and successful bottle bill, and Sheri Cunningham, owner of the can and bottle redemption center in Pella, Iowa, discussed the positive effects that the Iowa Bottle Bill has on Iowa’s economy, environment, and our communities.  Beltrame and Cunningham also explained that if the successful law is modernized, hundreds of millions of new containers would be kept out of ditches, waterways, and landfills, hundreds of new Iowa jobs would be created and countless civic and charitable organizations would have access to additional resources for community betterment programs.  A representative of the Iowa Grocers Association, which, along with their affiliate members, has doled out over $1 million dollars in campaign contributions over the past decade in an effort to kill the bottle bill, was invited to participate but was a no-show for the taping.

Sweet, Hands-on Learning at the Iowa Capitol

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On Monday, April 15, Iowa Better Bottle Supporters from across the state converged on the Iowa Capitol for a fun, interactive event in support of a more modernized law that includes deposits on water bottles and other popularly consumed non-carbonated beverages. That morning, all 150 legislators, legislative staff and members of Governor Branstad’s office received plastic bottles that included an important message (message in a bottle) in support of the Better Bottle Bill, also known as SSB1247.

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., everyone that received a bottle was able visit the Capitol rotunda, learn about the Better Bottle Bill and redeem their bottle for a cupcake that included an edible “Better Bottle Bill” logo.  The cupcakes were made by Live Love Bake, a small business located in Grimes, Iowa. Several media outlets were present as Better Bottle Bill volunteers spoke with legislators and staff about the importance of modernizing Iowa’s successful and popular container deposit law.

Attend a legislative forum and voice your support

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Contacting your legislator in person and expressing support for Iowa's Bottle Bill is not only effective, but is possible during legislative forums.  An informal list of forums across the State of Iowa for April 6-8, 2013 follows:

Representative Scott Ourth 
Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Simpson College, Kent Campus Center 
701 North Street, Indianola, IA 
FORUM SPONSOR: Warren County Economic Development 
CONTACT: Hollie Askey / haskey@wcedc.com OR 515-961-1067 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Community Center 
207 E 1st Street, Kingsley, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
LOCATION: City Hall 
101 E. Maple, Lawton, Iowa 

Senator Randy Feenstra 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Hawarden City Office 
1150 Central Avenue, Hawarden, Iowa 

Senator Rich Taylor 
Representative Jerry Kearns 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Hawkeye Restaurant 
105 N. Park Drive, Keokuk, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: Keokuk Legislative Forum 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
LOCATION: Climbing Hill Barn 
77 Deer Run Trail, Climbing Hill, Iowa 

Representative Greg Heartsill 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 2:00 PM 
LOCATION: Melcher-Dallas City Hall 
305 'D' Main Street, Melcher-Dallas, Iowa 

Representative Clel Baudler 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 8:00 AM 
LOCATION: Guthrie Center Public Library 
400 Grand Street, Guthrie Center, Iowa 

Representative Mark Costello 
Senator Joni Ernst 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 8:00 AM 
LOCATION: YMCA 
101 E. Cherry Street, Red Oak, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Remsen Town Hall 
Library, 211 Fulton Street, Remsen, Iowa 

Representative Dave Maxwell 
Senator Tim Kapucian 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: TBD 
Grinnell, Iowa 

Senator Ken Rozenboom 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: TBD 
Ottumwa, Iowa 

Senator Jack Whitver 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Neveln Center 
306 SW School Street, Ankeny, Iowa 

Senator Chris Brase 
Senator Tom Courtney 
Representative Tom Sands 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Muscatine Community College 
152 Colorado Street, Muscatine, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: Muscatine County Legislative Forum 

Senator Mike Gronstal 
Representative Mary Ann Hanusa 
Representative Mark Brandenburg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Wilson Middle School Auditorium 
715 N. 21st Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce 

Representative Megan Hess 
Senator David Johnson 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
LOCATION: City Hall 
418 2nd Avenue W., Spencer, Iowa 

Representative Todd Prichard 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Chickasaw County Farm Bureau 
808 S. Main Street, New Hampton, Iowa 

Senator Tod Bowman 
Representative Chuck Isenhart 
Senator Pam Jochum 
Representative Pat Murphy 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Diamond Jo Casino, Harbor Room 
301 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa 

Representative Mary Gaskill 
Representative Curt Hanson 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 Am 
LOCATION: Bridge View Center 
102 Church Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 

Representative Brian Moore 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Dubuque Cracker Barrell 
Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: AFL-CIO 

Representative Joe Riding 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Altoona Library 
700 8th Street SW, Altoona, Iowa 

Senator Charles Schneider 
Representative Rob Taylor 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Waukee City Council Chambers 
230 W. Hickman Road, Waukee, Iowa 

Representative Clel Baudler 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: Nodaway Diner 
502 SE Kent Street, Greenfield, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Habitue Coffeehouse and Creperie 
108 Central Avenue NE, LeMars, Iowa 

Senator Brad Zaun 
Representative Jake Highfill 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Rich's Brew 
5800 Merle Hay Road, Suite 9, Johnston, Iowa 

Representative Matt Windschitl 
Senator Nancy Boettger 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: Onawa Public Library 
707 Iowa Avenue, Onawa, Iowa 

Representative Dave Maxwell 
Senator Tim Kapucian 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Iowa County Farm Bureau Office 
212 W. State Street, Williamsburg, Iowa 

Senator Thomas Courtney 
Representative Tom Sands 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM 
LOCATION: Wapello Community Room 
306 N. 2nd Street, Wapello, Iowa 

Representative Megan Hess 
Representative Jeff Smith 
Senator David Johnson 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
 TIME: 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Maritime Museum 
243 Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
LOCATION: Akron Library 
350 Reed Street, Akron, Iowa 

Senator Brad Zaun 
Representative Jake Highfill 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
LOCATION: Gortz Haus 
408 East 1st Street, Grimes, Iowa 

Representative Mark Brandenburg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
LOCATION: Carter Lake Senior Center 
626 Locust Street, Carter Lake, Iowa 

Senator Chris Brase 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 1:00 PM 
LOCATION: TBD 
Blue Grass, Iowa 

Representative Marti Anderson 
DATE: Monday, April 8, 2013 
TIME: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: Grounds for Celebration 
2709 Beaver Avenue, Beaverdale, Iowa 

A packed Senate subcommittee!

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A photo taken during this morning's Better Bottle Bill subcommittee meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.  The crowd, filled with countless Bottle Bill supporters, small business owners, recycling advocates, and Iowans from across the State, was so large that the subcommittee meeting was moved to accomodate everyone.  Stay tuned for an updated on the outcome of this important subcommittee meeting!  

Yet another article in support of modernizing Iowa's successful Bottle Bill!

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Over the past week and across the State of Iowa, numerous articles have reported on the overwhelming support that exists to modernize Iowa's popular and successful Bottle Bill.  The latest article, which supports modernizing Iowa's Bottle Bill, comes to us from the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier and can be read in full by clicking below.

A Better Bottle Bill Launches

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A broad and growing group of recycling advocates, business owners, elected officials, redemption center operators, environmental organizations and sportsmen groups joined together with state legislators at the Iowa Capitol on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to launch efforts to modernize Iowa’s popular and successful five cent beverage container redemption law.

Nearly 35 years ago, the Legislature passed and Governor Robert D. Ray signed the deposit law on cans and bottles containing carbonated and alcoholic beverages. The law has since made Iowa a nationally renowned leader in recycling, saved tens of millions of containers from entering our landfills, waterways and ditches and helped create hundreds of good Iowa jobs. A recent poll conducted by J. Ann Selzer and Co. for the Des Moines Register shows that an overwhelming 64 percent of Iowans support modernizing the popular and successful law.

Yet, in the years since the law was enacted, our technology has improved and our lifestyles have evolved. Water, sports drinks and other non-carbonated beverages are now on the market, yet their containers do not include the nickel deposit. As a result, those bottles are now entering our landfills, ditches and waterways at nearly three times the rate of their bottle bill counterparts and we are losing out on precious jobs, valuable container materials and a more pristine environment.

“Modernizing Iowa's Bottle Bill will have a direct and positive impact on Iowa’s economy by not only preserving hundreds of Iowa jobs, but by also adding important new jobs to Iowa's economy,” said Senator Robert Dvorsky (D-Coralville), the lead sponsor of the ‘Iowa Better Bottle Bill’ in the Iowa Senate and the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “By acting on this legislation to include water and other non-carbonated beverage containers to the law this year we can not only help create good Iowa jobs but we can take important and necessary steps to clean up our environment and make our great state an even better place for generations to come.”

According to Mick Barry, the President of M2B2 LLC and a longtime Iowa recycling executive and advocate, a better bottle bill will help small businesses grow and will also provide new ways for community organizations to make a difference.

“Countless civic and community organizations, schools, charities and churches have used the bottle bill to raise money to make a difference in the lives of those around us,” said Barry. “Governor Robert Ray and then-State Representative Terry Branstad had a vision 35 years ago to make this the premier recycling program and the cornerstone of Iowa's highly successful integrated multi-faceted recycling processes that has become a model for states across the nation and internationally. Iowans are familiar with this law, they know it works and they like it. It’s good for our communities, it’s good for our environment, it’s good for our economy and the system is already in place to handle the new containers. It just makes sense.”

Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, who is currently working on a new study regarding the bottle bill, noted in a 2011 study that over 500 million containers that Iowan's currently use and that now largely end up in landfills would be recovered by modernizing the Iowa Bottle Bill. The report also notes that modernization would simultaneously help in creating of over 300 new Iowa jobs while protecting the more than 870 jobs that already exist today.  Redemption points, such as retailers and local redemption centers, will earn better compensation, at no cost to consumers.

A list of notable groups and organizations that are part of the constantly growing Iowa Better Bottle Bill group include the Iowa Recycling Association, Saint-Gobain Containers (Verallia North America), Iowa Environmental Council, Container Recycling Institute, Iowa Rivers Revival, Glass Packaging Institute, Iowa Association of Counties (ISAC), Trees Forever, Redemption Centers of Iowa, Iowa Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Iowa Farmers Union, University of Iowa ECO Hawk, 1000 Friends of Iowa, Izaak Walton League of Linn County, Iowa Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards, Iowa Ground Water Association, League of Women Voters of Iowa, Raccoon River Watershed Association, Iowa Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and countless other individuals, elected officials, and civic organizations.

For more information, including the latest updates on the Iowa Better Bottle Bill, visit www.IowaBottleBill.com

Iowans Overwhelmingly Favor a Better Bottle Bill

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According to the Des Moines Register's February 17, 2013 front-page article, an overwhelming majority (64%) of Iowan's support modernizing Iowa's Bottle Bill to include non-carbonated beverages such as water and sports drinks:

Nearly two out of every three people — or 64 percent — surveyed in The Des Moines Register’s latest Iowa Poll favor expanding the state’s so-called bottle bill to require deposits on containers other than alcoholic beverages and carbonated soft drinks.

Notably, according to the Des Moines Register, "...support runs strong across the political spectrum."  To read the full article, click the link below.

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